If you are looking for a job, it’s a good idea to build a relationship with a recruiter. A recruiter may have access to multiple opportunities so they can match you with the perfect one. Like any other relationship, you’ll want it to be one of give and take. Here are a few tips for building a relationship with a recruiter.
1. Make sure you are a good fit for each other.
It’s important to make sure the recruiter is a good fit for you and you are a good fit for the recruiter. If you don’t understand each other, they might not get very far in matching you with the right position, and you probably won’t do as well in interviews. So how do you find out if you’re a good fit for each other? You want to make sure you ask the right questions when you are getting to know each other. For example, you may want to ask “How often do you staff roles with the skill sets in my background?” etc.
2. Be communicative and stay in touch.
Recruiters are busy people. You don’t have to wait by the phone 24 hours a day, but you should return phone calls and respond to emails. You want to be easy to communicate with. You want to be persistent but not pushy.
3. Be transparent.
You want to be honest and open with recruiters about what you want in a position and how your job search is going. If you aren’t honest with them, they can’t help you. For example, if you have been on quite a few interviews, but you aren’t getting the job, tell your recruiter. They will be able to help you with your interview skills. Be straightforward about your history as well. You want your recruiter to know your situation.
4. Ask for guidance.
You may be having trouble with interviews or not seeing good results with your resume. It’s okay to ask for guidance and feedback about resumes, interviews, etc. However, you shouldn’t expect a recruiter to be a career coach. If you need some work on your resume, for example, you may want to hire a professional resume writer.
When you’re looking for a job, it can be beneficial to have a relationship with a recruiter.